Happy New Year!
Like most people, I’m a sucker for new year’s resolutions. Every year I make my mental list of all the stuff I should and shouldn’t be doing (get fit, lose weight, quit coffee, quit sugar, get organised, blog more, blah blah blah…)
And every year, my resolutions last for all of about five minutes.
Upon reflection, I think the reason for my lack of resolution willpower has a lot to do with the negative context behind said resolutions. Don’t do this, don’t do that. You’re not doing enough of this, and not nearly enough of that either. I don’t really blame myself for not wanting to keep my resolutions!
So this year, I’m giving myself a bit of a break. I’m going to resolve to DO some positive, life-enhancing things. Less “quit sugar” and more “take up yoga”, for example.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Take up Yoga again, and do it regularly! Because it is fun, and relaxing, and challenging, and will give me some “me” time.
- Write more regularly, and remember why you love it Regardless of the medium, style, or reason, writing is something I love to do. I just need to book some time in every day to give myself the opportunity to actually do it. This one is important.
- Say Yes! to every opportunity that comes your way Without wanting to run the risk that I’ll start sounding like someone out of a Jim Carrey movie, I think this is an important one to try and uphold.
- Donate your time to excellent causes Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always give my time to something worthy of it. I’ve already got a couple of volunteering roles in the pipeline for 2013, but I’d like to try to volunteer for at least one good cause at any one time.
- Pick a distance race and learn to love the challenge of doing it! Running and I don’t get along. Never have. So I’m going to try and complete a formal race, just to prove to myself I can. If I get a bit fitter along the way, all the better!
- Bake more often! Why do I even need a reason to do this? Who doesn’t love baking? In fact, I already started this resoDOtion today.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? Have you gone the negative reinforcement route? Or will you take it a little bit easier on yourself this year? Share yours in the comments below.